Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt says he wants his on-field performance to be validated when he signs his next contract.
The Texans selected Watt with the No. 11 pick in the 2011 NFL draft. Several other players from his draft class have already signed long-term contracts: Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton received a six-year, $115 million contract, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick signed a six-year, $126 million contract and Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle Tyron Smith inked an eight-year, $98 million contract.
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Watt, the 2012 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, has noticed his classmates' lucrative contracts.
"I like to see those guys be shown appreciation so far," he said. "I hope that I've worked hard enough and hopefully I've put myself in a situation where I can be shown some of the same appreciation. Hopefully they feel I've outplayed my current contract, but the end of the day, we're paid to play football. If I got paid a little more, I wouldn't be terribly upset."
Robinson also reports the Texans and Watt are not close to an agreement on a new contract.
Watt, 25, has 36.5 sacks and 182 tackles through his first three seasons.
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